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July 28, 1971

  • D-F/23: 2 : 1 box of tiles
  • G-J/27-28: 2 1/2 cassette
  • G-J/27-28: 2T: 10 cassette

Work continued in grids D-F/23 ( see p. 105 cont .) where last layer of ab. 15 cm down to the lowest level reached by Erik Nielsen in 1970 is removed.  Soil color and consistency same as in yesterday's cut, quantity of carbon increasing, though.  The soil is mixed with stones of small and middle size, and with tiles.  Tiles don\'t constitute a proper tile layer, contrary to grids G-J/23-24 on same level, dug earlier.  Bottom level of this stratum is not yet reached as tiles still

shows off on dug surface, as before in grids G-J northwards.  Has to be explored more fully later.  Pottery quantity less than in grids northwards dug earlier.  In grid D/23 quite big stones occur ( ), ab. same distance from north wall as the big stones visible in grids D/26-25 eastwards.  In fact, biggest stones in the stone pack now visible in grids D-F/23-26 seem to be concentrated in a west-east line through grids D/23-26, stones getting smaller and thinning out, at same time reaching a lower level in grids E-F/23-26.  Terrace wall, or just a stone fill?

Also in grids D-F/24 to the east, we dig down to same level, starting from north.  Earth type and contents same as grids D-F/23.  Going towards south, sotne pack becomes quite compact in grid E/24, where the workers make a vertical cut to make profile darwing possible ( ).

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Small quantity of bones.

This area ought to be explored further, as both stones in southern part, and tiles in northern part, continue further down.  Level reached: ab. 60-70 cm below ground surface.

Work also continued in area G-J/27-28 ( see p. 83 ), earth being removed to ab. 40-50 cm depth from ground surface.  Big tree stump not yet possible to remove in H/27-28.  Most of the material found is from

grid G/28; here, as in grid G/27, stone pack continues northwards, but is not at all so compact as in D-E/27; stones and rather much tiles, loosely interspersed in G/28 but hardly forming a proper tile layer.  Tiles seem to slope down northwards.

In next cut in same area (G-J/27-28), ab. 15 cm of earth is removed.  Soil getting more "damp," mixed with carbon and rather light in color, in grids G-H/27-28.  Tile quantity increasing towards proper tile layer visible in profile 26/27.  J/27 also rather rich in tiles, but soil here drier, more gray-

ish in color, more mixed with stones of small-middle size, also visible in profile.  In J/28, in northeastern part of area dug, tiles get more scarce.  Pottery also seems to thin out towards north.

Most interesting: in G/28, one fitting and a few probable statue fragments.

In next cut in the same area, we strike upon top surface of the tile layer proper just ab. 5 cm below dug level.  This tile layer seems to cover whole area G-J/27-28, but it is most concentrated in grids G-H/27-28.  J/27 is rather heavily mixed with stones

especially its northern part, but tile layer seems to slope down a bit below these stones.  In grid J/28 eastwards, tiles seem much more scarce, as can also be seen in earth profile forming towards J/29.  Highest level of upper surface of tile layer is ab. 55 cm below ground surface; lower level might be ab. Erik Nielsen level.

Northern part of F/27-28 is also dug, to establish the extension of tile layer southwards.  The distinct stone pack in F/27 is essentialyl free from tiles.  Here we meet another soil type, darker brown, "damp," containing pezzetti of clay plaster.  Eastwards, though, in grid F/28, as in G/28 southwards, are found rather much tiles; seems as if tiles in these grids might constitute a connection between the "high level tile layer" in D-F/28-30 and

"low level tile layer" exposed in area dug today.  Some finds right on top of tile layer.

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  • Find #18
  • T-18 G/28
  • Fragment of statue: part of ridgepole tile near slot hole for tube: fitting!

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Eva Rystedt. "ER I (1971-07-28):112-135; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 18/1971, ID:70". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/2bcbc8e3-c77a-4463-ae7d-742c87dccef3>

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